G100 Earth Science: Geologic Aspects (5 cr.)
Broad study of the earth. The earth in the solar system, earth's atmosphere. Formation and modification of earth materials, landforms, continents, and oceans throughout geologic time. Geological records in selected areas. Lectures, laboratory, field trips. Credit given for only one of the following geology courses: G100, G103, or G110. (Lab fee required.)
G103 Earth Science: Materials and Processes (3 cr.)
Introduction to the origin and classification of minerals and rocks. Relationships between rock types, rock structures, surficial geological processes of running water, subsurface water, glaciation, wind, tides, and landform evolution. Credit given for only one of the following geology courses: G100, G103, or G110. (Lab fee required.)
G104 Earth Science: Evolution of the Earth (3 cr.)
Principles of interpretation of earth history. Geologic age dating, correlation, facies analysis, fossils, fold mountain belts, isostasy, and plate tectonics as applied to reconstructing selected geological events. Credit given for only one of the following geology courses: G100, G104, or G109. (Lab fee required.)
G121 Meteorites and Geological Processes in Planets (3 cr.)
Geological processes operative on earth-like planetary bodies and asteroids; evidence from current meteorite, lunar, martian, and space research.
G180 Dinosaurs (3 cr.)
A survey of the characteristics and evolution of dinosaurs. Topics include: the occurrence of dinosaur remains in the fossil record, basic anatomy, principles used in classification, types of predatory and plant-eating dinosaurs, environments occupied during life, behavior, extinction theories, dinosaurs in the media and the public eye. (Credit not given for both GEOL G180 and GEOL G301.)
G210 Oceanography (3 cr.)
Study of the physical and biological features of the ocean environment.
G221 Introductory Mineralogy (3 cr.)
The study of minerals, including chemical composition, classification, crystallography, description, identification, occurrence, origin, and physical properties.
G222 Introduction to Petrology (3 cr.)
The study of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks: composition, occurrence, characteristics, classification, origin, description, and identification.
G300 Environmental and Urban Geology (3 cr.)
Significance of regional and local geologic features and processes in land use. Use of geologic factors to reduce conflict in utilization of mineral and water resources and damage from geologic hazards. Credit not given for both GEOL G300 and GEOG G315.
G334 Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3 cr.)
Interrelationship of sedimentation and stratigraphy; processes and factors influencing genesis of sedimentary strata; provenance, depositional environment, sedimentary facies, paleoecology; analytical techniques; application of principles of interpretation of stratigraphic record. Laboratory study of sediments and sedimentary rocks.
G341 Natural History of Coral Reefs (BIOL L341, SPEA E400) (3cr.)
Introduction to principles of biology, ecology, and geology as aplied to coral reef ecosystems.
G400 Energy: Sources and Needs (3 cr.)
Scientific and political constraints on the production and utilization of energy from various sources. Energy balance of the United States.
G404 Geobiology (3 cr.)
Application of biological principles and use of fossils in the study of earth history. Origin of life and the early fossil record; evolution; approaches to taxonomy; chemistry of fossils, ecology of ancient life; use of fossils in the solution of geologic problems.
G409 Independent Study in Geology (1-3 cr.)
Supervised independent study of topics and techniques in geology that are not available in formal courses in the department.
G410 Undergraduate Research in Geology (1-6 cr.)
Field and laboratory research in selected problems in geology. May be repeated.
G411 Invertebrate Paleontology (3 cr.)
Structure, classification, habitats, and geological history and significance of the invertebrate phyla. Laboratory study of fossils.
G415 Geomorphology (3 cr.)
Origin, classification, description, and interpretation of landforms. Natural processes that form landscapes, surficial geologic materials, and soils. Credit not given for both GEOL G415 and GEOG G407.
G417 Optical Mineralogy (3 cr.)
Theory and use of optics in the identification and classification of rockforming minerals in fragments and thin sections.
G419 Sedimentary Geology of Dinosaur-Bearing Rocks (2 cr.)
Five-day, six-night field course in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Focus is on presenting simple concepts of geology and paleontology utilized in reconstructing the ancience landscape, climate and environments of deposition of important dinosaur-bearing formations. Additional course fee required.
G420 Regional Geology Field Trip (1-3 cr.)
Seminar and field investigation of selected regions for study of mineralogic, lithologic, stratigraphic, structural, paleontologic, geomorphologic, or other geological relationships.
G427 Introduction to X-ray Mineralogy (1 cr.)
Theory and practice of X-ray powder diffraction. Diffractometer methods and their application to the identification and the characterization of minerals.
G451 Elements of Hydrogeology (3 cr.)
Physical and chemical properties of water, chemical equilibria and stable isotopes in groundwater; acid drainage, landfills, and agricultural pollution; Darcey's Law, fluid potential, unsaturated flow, fluid and aquifer properties affecting groundwater flow; fluid mass balance and its application; contaminant transport.